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WORT Birthday Bash: Golpe Tierra, Panchromatic Steel

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

This celebration of non-profit community radio station WORT-FM (where we produce the Tone Madison podcast) is also another perfectly good excuse to catch Golpe Tierra, who made a standout contribution to local music with this year's EP Golpe Con Golpe. The quartet draws on various traditions from Latin American music and jazz, threaded together via the rich melodies of guitarist Richard Hildner and sax/bass-clarinet player Tony Barba. But it tends to really cohere around Juan Tomás Martínez's vocals and cajon. On the EP's title track, Martínez is a fiery, growling rabble-rouser, singing in Spanish about popular uprisings and trading percussive pulses with Nick Moran's bass. On other tracks, like "Piaroa" and "Le Despedida," he's tender, elegant, and romantic. Plus, whatever mood the band's music is exploring, you can always dance to it. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 9
Bad Bad Hats, Slow Pulp, Miyha
Later Event: December 10
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